Parenting is no easy task, and vast changes in our society mean that you can’t always fall back on your own childhood experiences for guidance. What worked very well for your father 20 or 30 years ago may not work with the situations fathers face today. Being proactive and seeking out opportunities to connect with other fathers who share similar experiences can go a long way in helping you be the best possible dad for your children.
The importance of a child having a present and engaged father cannot be underestimated. Research shows that children with involved fathers, on average…
- Do better in school
- Have a greater motivation to succeed
- Have higher self-esteem and greater confidence in unfamiliar settings
- Are less likely to be delinquent or abuse substances like drugs and alcohol
That research, combined with the understanding that one of the greatest strengths of the bleeding disorder community is our desire to educate and support each other, led to the creation of Dads in Action. Launched in 2003, the program remains committed to creating a network of men in the bleeding disorders community who educate, support, and challenge each other as they strive to be proactive and responsible role models for their children and families.
How can I participate?
Dads in Action is offered in a blended format so you can participate in ways that best fit your needs, your interests, and your schedule:
Local and National Events
Several HFA Member Organizations are holding local Dads in Action programs. Events run the gamut – everything from a dinner meeting with other Dads to laser tag with the kids. Check out our calendar for a list of upcoming events in your area.
National Dads in Action webinars are held six times a year, covering a wide range of topics that are chosen and developed with your input. Check out our webinar calendar for a list of upcoming webinars.
Learning from each other is an important aspect of Dads in Action.
There are many shared challenges and triumphs, as well as the experiences that make each story uniquely yours. Check out what some Dads from our community have to say in our collection of videos and stories.
HFA and Dads in Action have developed several resources to help parents of children living with a bleeding disorder. Visit our Resource Library to find these educational materials.